Vinyl is back! Every month on “Vinyl Watch”, we list some of the most notable new vinyl releases – including new albums, reissues, special edition box sets and more. At JAZZIZ, we share the vinyl community’s appreciation of the experience of collecting and playing vinyl records. As more and more music fans discover the joys of vinyl, we hope these lists serve as a starting point for new musical discoveries.
Benny Carter, jazz giant (Crafting/Acoustic Sounds)
Craft Recordings and Acoustic Sounds have teamed up to celebrate the enduring legacy of legendary jazz label Contemporary Records in a new series of vinyl reissues. Their Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds series continues this month with the reissue of Benny Carter’s classic album, jazz giant. Originally released in 1958, the album features Carter’s alto saxophone, trumpet and arrangements, whose majestic talent has impressed four generations of jazz artists, alongside a stellar line-up that also includes the tenor sax titan. Ben Webster. Release date: August 12.
Noriko Miyamoto, To push (BBE)
BBE Music presents the first official international release of singer Noriko Miyamoto’s 1978 debut, To push. A collaboration with Japanese jazz legend, bassist/songwriter Isao Suzuki, Push is also a seminal recording capturing a crossover fusion of jazz and soul that was hugely popular at the time via covers and original compositions, focusing on Miyamoto’s prowess at singing songs in English. The record is being released on vinyl, CD and digital platforms as part of his ongoing J Jazz Masterclass series. Release date: August 12.
Vince Guaraldi, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Arts and crafts)
Craft Recordings releases a definitive, bonus-packed edition of pianist Vince Guaraldi’s original soundtrack recording for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Remastered from recently unearthed original analog tapes, the album includes Guaraldi’s entire score up to 1966 PEANUTS animated special, plus seven never-before-seen alternate takes, released on CD, digital and a variety of vinyl formats, including a 45 rpm pressing, translucent orange pumpkin disc and more. Release date: August 26.
Freddie HubbardBreaking point! (Blue note)
Blue Note’s now acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue series continues to shine a light on underrated gems from its storied archive. This month we are highlighting the reissue of Freddie Hubbard Breaking point!, recorded in 1964, shortly after the trumpeter left Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers to strike out on his own. This quintet session, with Joe Chambers on drums, also showcases Hubbard’s compositional prowess, in the form of a six-track program with five original works sure to move across vast stylistic ground. Release date: August 21
Larry Young, Unity (Blue note)
Not to be outdone, Blue Note’s equally laudable Classic Vinyl reissue series sees the release of Larry Young’s Unity from 1965. The record recontextualized the possibilities of the Hammond B3 organ in a more adventurous post-bop context. Consisting of three distinctive originals and covers, Unity features a stellar band with three other modernist jazz visionaries: trumpeter Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and drummer Elvin Jones. Release date: August 19.
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